2011-01-20 / Local & State

Pa. Amish Man Who Killed Wife In Frenzy Found Dead

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) – An Amish man who killed his wife in a schizophrenic frenzy in 1993 has been found dead on his property in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The Erie Times-News reports that 45-year-old Edward Gingerich was found hanged inside a barn in Rockdale Township on Friday.

Crawford County Chief Deputy Coroner Scott Schell ruled the death a suicide.

Gingerich has said he killed his 29-year-old wife with a kitchen knife to exorcise the devil and because she planned to attend a wedding without him.

In 1994, he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter but found mentally ill.

Gingerich was sentenced to 21/2 to 5 years in prison. He was released in 1998.

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